NE Washington Firefighters To Receive Covid Vaccine Next Week

Dec 17, 2020

About half of the 70 employees at Stevens County Fire District 1 have signed up to receive a Covid vaccine shot.
Credit Courtesy of Stevens County Fire District 1

The people at the top of the Covid vaccine pyramid are health care workers in high-risk situations and people associated with long-term care facilities.

 

But first responders are high on the list too. In fact, firefighters in Stevens County will receive the Covid vaccine in a matter of days.

 

Fire District 1 Chief Mike Bucy says Stevens County officials contacted him and the county’s other fire districts to determine how many doses they may need of the new Pfizer vaccine.

 

He says 33 firefighters out of 70 have committed to getting the shots initially, including himself.

Bucy says the initial immunizations will start as early as the beginning of next week, but he wants to space out the shots over a few days to ensure he still has an ample number of crew members available in case any recipients get side effects.

 

While rural areas in Washington typically see fewer cases of the virus, Bucy says, in recent weeks, EMS calls to Covid positive homes have picked up.

 

“We probably resend them to four or five calls a week that have Covid positive patients confirmed. And so it's important that all of our people are vaccinated or have the opportunity for the vaccination," Bucy said.

In the city of Spokane, Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer says it will be about two weeks before vaccinations start with his employees. He says the limited vaccine is going to health care facilities first.